The second week of April is dedicated to Dog Bite Prevention. Veterinarians work with clients and their communities to help educate pet owners about the importance of teaching children how to interact with dogs, including both household pets and strange dogs they encounter in their neighborhoods. There have been several tragic incidents in Connecticut that involved victims suffering horrific injuries from animal bites inflicted by dogs.
Regardless of one's profession, the responsibilities that come with pet ownership are the same for everyone, including ensuring that both the pet and neighborhood residents are safe from harm. Connecticut has strict liability laws that hold the owners responsible for any harm that their pets may cause. Though any dog can bite, when certain types of dogs choose to do so, they are capable of inflicting serious animal bites that often leave both physical and psychological scars.
The most common victims of a dog attack are children. While the majority of animal bites purportedly are caused by a family pet, there have been many reports of victims suffering serious injuries inflicted by an unfamiliar dog. Since Connecticut is a strict liability state, owners are held accountable if their pets cause another person to suffer from injuries.
The vast majority of self-proclaimed dog trainers and behavior specialists claim that the old advice advising the general public in how to avoid an attack by a dog are still the most reliable methods. Unfortunately, there has been a disturbing upward trend in the numbers of victims who have suffered serious injuries from animal bites. There may be a few practical strategies that can provide some protection in the event a Connecticut resident finds him or herself facing a dangerous situation.
According to several studies, pit bulls are to blame for a majority of fatal dog attacks. Rottweilers and pit bulls are cited as being responsible for more than half of all serious animal bites. One study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, was criticized for getting the information on which it based its conclusions from media accounts Every state has reported serious injuries, including several vicious attacks in Connecticut.
Many cities and towns have animal control ordinances to protect the general public. At times, some of these municipalities and cities may revisit their local laws in the aftermath of an especially terrifying dog attack. Unfortunately, many in Connecticut have suffered serious injuries from animal bites.
Specially trained guide dogs are an invaluable asset to the lives of their owners. Unfortunately, with the increase in other types of service animals, many are concerned about the danger these animals pose toward unsuspecting victims. While some states are considering changes in service animal laws to reduce the chances of serious animal bites, Connecticut legislators have not made any changes regarding therapy animals.
Last summer, a boy suffered serious injuries when a dog attacked him for retrieving a ball. Now, the Connecticut town where the attack occurred is in a battle over whether the canine should be euthanized. While Connecticut has laws regarding animal bites, there are no clear-cut policies regarding purportedly dangerous dogs.
Every year, countless victims seek emergency treatment of injuries inflicted by pets. According to statistics, the majority of victims of animal bites are young males older than 5 but under 10 years of age. Many Connecticut residents have endured the trauma and pain caused by these often violent attacks.
When one is in a dangerous situation, the idea that emergency dispatchers are usually only minutes away can bring a sense of security. Unfortunately, the staff employed in these vital call centers have been known to make errors in judgment that can delay the dispatch of police and rescue crews. Recently, the city of New Haven, Connecticut, found itself the subject of a lawsuit after it was alleged that a call center inappropriately delayed help during an incident that resulted in a woman suffering fatal animal bites.